Thursday, April 22, 2010

Predator Control Programs Update

Predator Control Programs Update
Currently there are six ongoing predator control programs in various game management units in Alaska. 

The Nelchina Basin wolf management program in Unit 13, which includes the aerial gunning of wolves by ADFG-licensed pilots and gunners, has been effective in reducing wolf numbers and maintaining a spring wolf population objective of 135-165 wolves. Moose numbers are increasing and more hunting opportunities for both resident and non-resident hunters have been authorized.

In unit 16, across Cook Inlet west of Anchorage, the ongoing wolf and bear management program continues. The wolf population has been reduced to desired levels, and bear reductions via liberalized control methods, including for the first time in Alaska the snaring of black bears and helicopter transport of hunters who participate in bear control efforts, is ongoing. The moose population in Unit 16 appears to be improving.

The Upper-Yukon/Tanana wolf management program, designed to increase caribou and moose populations in the Fortymile country, that encompasses 18,750 square miles basically between the Taylor and Steese highways, has resulted in an increase in the Fortymile caribou herd population. The most recent population estimate puts the herd at around 46,000 animals, which is close to the minimum intensive management population objective of 50,000 animals.

For more information and updates on other programs, see the most current ADFG press release.